Got talent? Want to live & volunteer in paradise? Join an amazing tribe at one of Mexico’s Top Hostels!

Hostel Ka’beh in Cancun is now looking for volunteers !! =D

We believe travel is fundamental to living a more fulfilled life, enriched by the perspective and invaluable experience that can only come from being surrounded by languages, people, nature, and cultures unlike your own__

It’s because of this, as a business, we’re committed to maintaining a team as culturally and linguistically diverse and balanced as possible. We believe in helping weary travelers coming through our doors have the experience of a lifetime, no matter what side of the reception desk they sit on, and doing everything we can to maintain the unique environment that our special hostel been known for since day one:
an incredibly social environment.

Our volunteer position offers the best of both worlds: you get to enjoy the Hostel and our little corner of paradise as part of the team, but only work part time, and stay on-site just like our paying travelers.

We’re looking for people that are dynamic, proactive, know how to party, willing to pitch-in whenever necessary to give a helping hand, work as a team, and most importantly, maintain a positive attitude.

Tasks and positions volunteers may take on with us are:

- Auxiliary receptionist shifts for Morning, Afternoon, and/or Night Shifts
- Breakfast Shifts
- Bar Shifts
- Beach-day Shifts
- Evening Entertainment Shifts
- Yoga Shifts
- Spanish Lessons for Travelers Shifts
- General and Weekly Maintenance Shifts
- Cleaning Shifts
- DJ
- Bloggers/Travel Writers
- Traveling Musicians/Bands/Performers/Fire Dancers/Etc

When accepting volunteers, preference is given to
- Stability - Candidates looking to stick around for at least two weeks are preferred, but even a few days is ok too!
- Special Skills: Yoga teachers, bar tenders, photographers, videographers, gardeners, and people with experience in sales, or mixing as a DJ.
- Multilingual skills, with a focus on English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Australian (xD…srly tho), and any of the Scandinavian languages.


Volunteers must take six shifts a week (roughly 24hrs/week) in exchange for free accommodation, free breakfast, and free dinner, seven days a week.

Shifts are assigned every day at 10:30am at the volunteer meeting, for the next 24hrs. In order to request and receive a shift, volunteers must be present at the meeting. Shifts are assigned in order of shift-priority until all volunteers have received a shift, or no volunteer is willing to take the shift on offer.

Upon arrival, we open a ‘tab’ for you via leaving your passport with management (as travelers do at the Hostel who don’t settle up upon check-in). A reception manager will put a volunteer slip into the passport and put it into a safe we have on-site. Under special circumstances, a $100 USD deposit and alternative photo ID may be left in lieu of a passport.

At the beginning of every week, shifts taken during the previous week are tallied up and a balance in favor or balance due will be calculated. If you worked more than required, then those shifts will carry fourth to the next week. If you were left with a balance due and plan on staying, then you may commit to working extra hours to cover the deficit or pay for the nights not worked.

The longer you stay, the more opportunities you have to take tours and activities in the region for free or at a heavily discounted rate.
Note that while this position isn't a paid position, it DOES allows for the possibility to make a little bit of extra income through our commission system.


Things to Note:
We are NOT a drug-friendly Hostel. Getting shitfaced is A-Ok, but on the legal stuff only. Anyone found with drugs will be asked to leave.
Our amazing location is in downtown Cancun, half a block from Cancun’s central park.

Some Cost of Living estimates for your budgeting purposes:
Pack of cigarettes: Just over $2 USD and up ($44mxn+)
A can of Cocacola: Less than $1 USD ($12-15mxn)
Tacos cost: Less than $1 USD and up ($15mxn+)
A meal costs: Just over $2 USD and up ($40mxn+)
Beers at our bar cost: Less than $1 USD and up ($15mxn+)


If you don't have specific travel plans, then showing up and asking for a position would be the best/easiest way to go about working as a volunteer.

If you'd like to apply before arrival and guarantee a spot on the team, please send us an email with the following details:

1.) How long you'd like to spend with us. Include your planned day of arrival and departure, where you're coming from, and where you're going.
2.) List which positions you think would be your best fit.
3.) Note any languages you speak.
4.) Let us know how or where you found out about us.
5.) Please let us know what makes you want to work with us, and why you think you'd be a great fit in the tribe.
6.) If you have a resume or CV, please include it. If you have any experience working at a Hostel, please mention it here.
7.) Include "Hostel Life" in the title of your email so it doesn't get ignored. ; )

Our email is: [email protected]

PS: Please note, our job listings are written in English because while Spanish is obviously an important language, the international nature of the team and work environment makes it so that a basic knowledge of English is practically required to be able to communicate with everyone.


Work Trade/Exchange


Alcatraces 45, Mz10, L26, Supermanzana 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Job first posted: 12 August 2018
Updated: 12 August 2018


Building Maintenance & Repairs
Event Planning / Hosting
Greeting / Helping Travelers (Concierge)
Hostel Cleaning / Housekeeping
Hostel Reception / Front Desk
Murals & Art
Painting & Varnishing
Tour Guide

*This Hostel is willing to provide training